BOUNTIFUL — Local entrepreneur Reed Brown has opened a Mathnasium franchise on 500 West here, and he already has more than two dozen students signed up for math help.
The state’s new Common Core curriculum for math is a hot topic. Students get workbooks, but not textbooks, with the new system, said Brown. Furthermore, the new curriculum incorporates algebra and geometry into elementary school math classes.
That makes homework time difficult for many families.
Mathnasium tutoring isn’t cheap, Brown said, but it can help students succeed before their overall success in school is affected.
“It really ties into their confidence,” he said.
Mathnasium has developed its curriculum to correspond closely with Common Core standards and offers a grade-level assessment, using the new standards, to each new student.
The problem with math teaching is not limited to Common Core though, Brown said.
“I just think the way the whole system is set up is really difficult for the average student to do well in,” he said. “I just think it’s really a tough situation for most kids.”
If his Bountiful franchise is successful, Brown hopes to open another in Fruit Heights and possibly in other cities around the county.